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Seaford, DE --- Unlike most of the young boys growing up in the harness racing industry, Logan Powell never wanted to be a driver. As a child, he knew he liked working with horses but never envisioned himself in the driver’s seat. That all changed when he went his first training mile. It wasn’t the speed or the adrenaline rush that got him hooked though -- it was the challenge of working with the horse. “I like that it’s a team effort,” Powell, 17, said. “You have to work with the horse. He can’t do it all, you have to help him. I can’t do it all, he has to help me.” Powell’s approach to driving appears to be paying off. In his second season of driving in Ohio’s fairs, his UDR sits at .815. From six starts so far this summer, he’s won four and had one second and one third. The Felton, Del., native -- who will be a senior in high school this fall -- is spending the summer in Ohio working for trainer Clarence Foulk. “We have six horses out here,” Powell said. “We’re racing three stakes fillies at the fairs.” Powell grew up watching his father, Sheldon, train horses for Foulk’s son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Trish, in Delaware. Though he helped out in the barn as soon as he was old enough, it was only about two years ago that he developed an interest in training and driving. That first training mile, paired with some encouragement from driver Chris Page during the winter he spent in Delaware, was enough to set Powell on the path to becoming a driver. “When Chris Page came out I trained horses with him,” Powell said. “He kind of talked me into it.” When Powell realized he wanted to sit in the sulky, he turned to the professionals. He studied drivers at his home tracks of Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway but also looked further. “I started paying more attention to what the top drivers were doing at the Meadowlands,” he said. In 2014, his first year of fair driving, Powell's mounts earned $6,265, racking up a record of seven wins and two seconds from 13 starts. After a number of qualifying starts at Rosecroft Raceway this spring, when the school year ended Powell headed back to Ohio for the 2015 season. He made his first start a winning one, steering 3-year-old pacing filly A Lucky Feeling to a 3-1/2 length victory in the first race of the day June 21 at the Circleville Fair. It was a particularly meaningful win for Powell. Though he and the Foulks weren’t aware of it ahead of time, the race was named in honor of longtime friend and horseman Jeff Remy. Remy, who passed away last year, accompanied the Foulks when they first moved east to Delaware. That’s where he first got to know Powell. “I spent a lot of time with him,” Powell said. “It was pretty cool to win the race.” He plans to spend the rest of the summer gaining experience as a driver at the fairs. Though he’s beginning to see the harder parts of driving, especially the pressure that comes from driving other people’s horses, Powell is confident he’ll be making a living in the industry in the future. by Charlene Sharpe, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent  

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway possesses a deep and talented harness racing driver colony, but rarely do you see a night at a commercial track nowadays where a different driver wins every race. That was the case on Wednesday, however, as ten drivers each won one of the ten races on the program. Even more shocking, leading driver Josh Sutton-currently in fifth place in the national dash standings with 155 wins at Miami Valley-was not one of the winners. Those that did reach the winner's circle were Alex Hawk, Ken Holliday, Randy Tharps, Hugh Beatty Jr., Dan Noble, Chris Page, Adam Beatty, Jeff Nisonger, Jason Brewer and Jeremy Smith. Gregg Keidel          

LEBANON, OH. - Lord Of Misrule picked a great time to pick up his first victory of the harness racing season by capturing the $20,000 championship final of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series for conditioned pacers at Miami Valley Raceway. As a lukewarm favorite, Lord Of Misrule left alertly from an outside post until driver Chris Page decided to take a tuck into fifth position along the pylons during the :26.3 opening panel. Nearing the half, Page moved into second-over position behind Hotunderthecollar (Dan Noble) who was pressuring front-stepping Crusoe Hanover (Randy Tharps) to the :55.4 halfway station. Hotunderthecollar, the eventual runnerup, managed to get a head in front by the 1:23.4 three-quarter split, but could not hold off Lord Of Misrule in the stretch as the four-year-old winning son of McArdle stopped the clock in 1:52.4 for a triumph slightly over a length. PQ Three (Jeremy Smith) was next best with OK Ferrari (Greg Grismore) and Crusoe Hanover garnering the fourth and fifth place checks. Trainer Ron Burke owns Lord Of Misrule with partners Weaver Bruscemi, JT45 Stable and Lindy Farms. It was just his sixth career victory and pushed his life earnings to $105,730. A race later Special Forces (Dan Noble) joined a long list of Open Pace winners at this meet by topping Astreo's Love (Brad Hanners) and Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) in the $17,050 weekly feature. The 1:51.3 clocking was a seasonal best in ten tries for the six-year-old son of Real Desire and was his 21st trip to a winner's circle in 65 career tries. Brian Brown trains Special Forces for the partnership of Country Club Acres, William Robinson and Mike Mallett. Racing resumes Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Miami Valley when the last of nine 'Lebanon Legends' memorial races will be presented, this one the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial for trotters carrying a purse of $18,500. A $17,050 Open Trot is co-featured on the matinee program. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - With several of Miami Valley's top trotters taking Easter Sunday off, Boffin (Chris Page) took full advantage by hopping into the winner's circle following the featured $14,850 Open. The five-year-old son of Donato Hanover enjoyed a perfect pocket trip behind favored Celebrity Hercules (Dan Noble) before easing to the outside in early stretch and coasting to a relatively easy victory over the front-stepper and Boy Meets Girl K (Jason Brewer) in 1:55.2. It was Boffin's fourth win in his last six starts, but first in open company since moving to Ohio in February. Angela Coombs owns the winner who is rapidly approaching the $200,000 earnings plateau. Earlier on the card, Cantab Lindy (Shawn Barker II) edged Deck The Halls (Chris Page) and Kaffir Kemp (Randy Tharps) in a $12,100 top conditions trot. Brent Davis owns and trains the winner who scored in 1:55.1 in just his third start of the year. Also featured was the $10,000 second leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series for trotters shy of six pari-mutuel wins or $50,000 at the March 1 nomination deadline. Touchdown AS (Tyler Smith) cemented his spot in the final next Sunday by rallying down the middle of the stretch to a 1:55.3 triumph over Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) and Skates N Plates (Chris Page). Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Some very quick miles highlighted the Saturday night program at Miami Valley Raceway, including a four-year-old track record 1:51.1 clocking by Neat in an $11,000 top conditioned pace. Thebestofjoel and Feel The Heat dueled throughout the mile setting up a perfect trip for pocket-sitting Neat and driver Jeff Nisonger. In just his seventh lifetime win, Neat lowered his own record by over two seconds and eclipsed the Miami Valley standard previously owned by Gold Rocks by three-fifths of a second. The winning son of Art Major is owned by Miller Racing Stable and Dorothy Miller and trained by Ryan Miller. The $18,000 championship leg of the Sovereign Warrior Series for conditioned horses was also presented with Ideal Race (Chris Page) edging Feel N Funk E (Andy Shetler) and ER Zach Attack (Tyler Smith) in 1:53.1. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi own the nine-year-old son of Western Terror who now has 35 wins and almost $840,000 in earnings. Sovereign Warrior was one of the toughest racehorses to come out of southwest Ohio, winning 64 races during the 1970's for trainer-driver Ralph Lunsford. The featured weekly $15,500 Open Handicap Pace also went postward on Saturday with At Press Time (Chris Page), who finished fourth in the final heat of the Little Brown Jug last September, upsetting older adversaries in 1:52.3. Heavily favored Mykindachip (Kayne Kauffman) coasted through fractions of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:24.3 before just falling short despite a :28 final panel. Gold Rocks (Randy Tharps) was best of the rest in the stellar field. From the press box at Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Shine N Shimmer was stunning Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway, treating the quick five-eighths mile oval as if someone laid a red carpet around it-just for her. It was just the second local race for the seven-year-old daughter of American Ideal and produced the second gate-to-wire victory against the best open class mares competing in southern Ohio. Driver Chris Page took full advantage of drawing the inside post position by exploding off the wings and forcing all rivals to find a seat during a :27.2 opening panel. With no one pressuring on the outside in the scratch-shortened field, Page managed an unexpected respite during the second quarter when the timer flashed :57.4 at the halfway station. The pace quickened from that point home with All Terror (Kayne Kauffman) launching a first-over bid and Carlina Hanover (Tyler Smith) getting a snug pocket journey. When the 1:26 flashed at the three-quarters Page called on his winning mare and she responded with a :28.2 last quarter, despite 10 degree temperatures, to put the 1:54.2 triumph in the books. Shine N Shimmer is trained by Jim Ellison for the Dandy Farms and Howard Taylor. She now has 19 career victories and $321,742 in lifetime earnings. The feature race win was one of four on the night for Chris Page, whose other tallies came with Camphor Hanover (1:56.1), trotter Over And Out (1:58.1) and Rev Me Up (1:54.2). Racing resumes Saturday night with a powerful 14-race card offering $127,500 in purses. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - War Cry Hall made it three in a row in O-Hi-O on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley by capturing the $16,500 Open Trot. Harness racing driver Josh Sutton urged the winner past Mr Web Page (Chris Page) in the final strides despite a sloppy track caused by steady rainfall throughout the day. Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Dailey) was a fast-closing third in the feature race. Favored Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) cut fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:29 before tiring in the late going. RBH Ventures Inc owns War Cry Hall, who earned $99,010 in 2014 before returning to Ohio at the beginning of the year. He has visited the Miami Valley winner's circle on three straight occasions, including two Opens. Leading trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. trains the six-year-old son of Cash Hall. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Mykindachip stepped up to the open ranks for the first time at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night and stepped away with an impressive 1:52.1 win over six worthy rivals, all of whom finished within 1-1/2 lengths of each other at the wire.   The exciting finish should have come as no surprise as the seven horses had combined to win 163 races and well over $2 million in their noteworthy careers.   Dispatched as the odds-on favorite on the merits of a 1:53.2 tally in the top conditioned class last week, driver Kayne Kauffman was hellbent on putting Mykindachip on the front end when the starter's wings folded.   Firstclassallthway (Dan Noble) had similar aspirations, however, resulting in a speedy :26.2 opening panel duel. Once Mykindachip finally cleared he sailed through fractional clockings of :55 and 1:23.1 before holding off a cavalry charge in the stretch to secure the victory on another very cold night in southeast Ohio.   Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps) rallied from sixth at the head of the stretch to finish three-quarters of a length behind the winner while Firstclassallthway held on for third. Mykindachip is a six-year-old son of Art's Chip owned by Carl Atley, trained by Dan Dubeansky, and now sports career earnings just a shade under $400,000.   Two divisions of the first leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $12,500 male pacers went postward Saturday as well. The winning time in each $10,000 split was an identical 1:53.   Jade Mountain (Kauffman) captured the first division in gate-to-wire fashion, besting Starven Darven (Greg Grismore) by three-quarters of a length with Ally-Con (Noble) garnering the show dough.   Tiza Mojo, shipping in from Chicago, copped the second division for driver Chris Page, holding off Bettor Win (Kauffman) by a half-length with DVCFlyingfrenchman (Brad Irvine) finishing third. Both winners were trained by Jeff Brewer, although Tiza Mojo will have a new conditioner next time out as he was one of four horses claimed out of the two races. The others were Starven Darven, Bettor Win and E R Pacman.   Racing resumes Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley with a 3:00 p.m. post time. Featured will be three $12,500 divisions of the first leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $20,000 claimers. From Miami Valley Media Department  

DAYTON, OH. - Driver Chris Page, currently second to Josh Sutton in the local driver's standings, won both the $10,000 Open Trot and the $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. In addition, the red-hot 31-year-old reinsman got his picture taken four other times in the winner's circle to garner half of the wins during the 12-race program. Mr. Web Page was Page's mount in the featured trot, using a second-over trip to beat late-closing Touchmymuscles (Dan Noble) and Southwind Nazareth (Brad Hanners) in 1:56.2. Although the winner's seasonal bankroll of $65,938 was the largest in the full field, the public sent him off at 5-1. Trained by Jim Arledge Jr. and owned by the Helping Hands Stables, the win was his first at Dayton in five tries against open company, but the ninth triumph of a very good six-year-old season. Valentino, making his first recent start in open company, was still sent off as the prohibitive 1-5 favorite on the merits of a frontrunning 1:51 score in the top condition class a week ago, the first start for new owner Rockstar Meadows and new trainer Brian Brown. Page sent the seven-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover right to the front and cruised through fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24.2 before the entire eight-horse field bunched up around the final turn. Lucky Lime (Randy Tharps) rallied from seventh to finish second when the pair crossed the wire together in 1:52.2. Sunday Poker (Tyler Smith) was third. With the victory, Valentino increased his lifetime bounty to $798,632. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Just two days after taking the lead in the Hollywood Dayton Raceway dash standings, Josh Sutton scored triumphs in one-half of the new track's 14 Monday night races to put some distance between himself and his closest competitors, Chris Page and Dan Noble, who took the night off at Dayton. The 32-year-old Sutton, who ranks in the top ten in the national driver's standings, now has 76 wins on the first 41 programs of the inaugural meet. Page has 65 and Noble 61 trips to the Dayton winner's circle. Sutton's victories came with the trotter King Trut (1:59) in the second, Fear The Major (1:57.2) in the fourth, QB Killa (1:53.4) in the fifth, followed by a sweep of the final four races with KR's Cruiser (1:54.4), Mystic Desire (1:53.1), Wisher (1:55.2) and Second Chance (1:55.2). From the press box at Dayton Raceway  

The Northern Dude was a repeat winner of the $12,500 Open Trot on Monday (December 1) at Northfield Park. Curran Racing, LLC of Red Hook, New York owns the five year-old. Trainer Jessica Millner enlisted the driving services of North America's leading driver Aaron Merriman. The Northern Dude (Ken Warkentin - LR Alleys Concern - King Conch) left alertly from post seven and led his competition at every call. He set fractions of :27.3, :57, 1:25.4 and 1:56.4 and was a full-length in front at the finish. Completing the race were Mythical Hall, Mama Made Me Blue, Jesse's Messenger, Catching Katie, Diamond Hunter, Mary's Darvin and Zorgwijk Heavenly. Monday's victory represents the third consecutive win for The Northern Dude, who now has seven wins in 26 starts this year, 15 career successes and a bankroll of $177,030. He was the heavy favorite and paid $3.60 to win. Major Belle was impressive in winning the evening's $12,500 Open Pace. Ron Burke trains the six year-old for Pennsylvania owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi and New York connections of Cynthia Massari and Joseph Di Scala, Jr. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Major Belle (Art Major - Meghan's Belle - No Nukes) started from the far outside and was content in the back of the pack while his competition carved stiff fractions of :26.3 and :54.4. Major Belle had moved into third at the 1:23.2 three-quarter pole and took the lead in the stretch and besting his competition by 2-lengths, in 1:53.2. Completing the race were Real Future, Top Of The Mark, Bettor's Choice, Midnight Dragon, Allamerican Pewter and Onhishonor Hanover. Mybrothergeorge was scratched. Monday's triumph was the seventh win in 28 starts this year for Major Belle. It increased his lifetime win tally to 22 and his earnings to $362,229. He returned $15.40 to win. Ayers Ratliff

DAYTON, OH. - With Hollywood Dayton Raceway midway through its inaugural meet, Chris Page has nudged ahead of Dan Noble by a 54-52 win tally in the chase for the driver's dash title. Page scored a grand slam with four victories on the Wednesday night program, the 28th of 57 scheduled this season, to grab the ever-so-slight lead. Josh Sutton ranks third with 39 victories, Kayne Kauffman fourth with 29, and Kyle Ater fifth with 28. The top ten also includes Greg Grismore, Jason Brewer and Jeremy Smith, 27 each, Randy Tharps, 26 and Shawn Barker, 11. On the trainer's side, Virgil Morgan Jr. is attempting to sweep the 2014 Miami Valley, Scioto Downs and Dayton Raceway meets. The winningest trainer in Ohio racing history, Morgan Jr. has 20 wins in the first half of the Dayton meet. He's followed in the top ten by Conor Flynn 18, Jeff Brewer 14, Steve Carter and Chris Short 10, and a fivesome of conditioners with 6 wins each-Dan Ater, Earl Buschelman, Jim Dailey, Terry Deters and Christi Pokornowski. An incredible number of drivers, 95, have circled the new Dayton five-eighths mile oval in the first 28 nights. An even more astounding number of trainers have tried their hand at harness racing's newest venue-352. Of that total, 145 have already won at least one race. The percentage of winning favorites to date is 37.68 with the No. 5 post position producing the most winners (62), followed by the 2-hole (59), 1-hole (58), 3-hole (50) and 4-hole (43). From the press box at Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - The fourth time was the charm for Betit To Getit, who had finished fourth, third and second in her first three attempts to capture the weekly open mares pace at Dayton Raceway. On Friday night, the four-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended was pushed off the gate with authority by driver Jason Brewer and was never headed through fractions of :27.l, :56.l and 1:23.4 before tripping the teletimer in 1:52. Up Front Kellie Jo (Randy Tharps) finished strong to garner second money over pocketsitter Eve Marie Seelster (Kyle Ater) who hung on for third in the $11,000 event. It was a wide open affair as none of the seven contestants had captured an open at the new Dayton Raceway with the previous five winners either sitting the week out or retired for the season. Jeff Brewer, Jason's dad, trains Betit To Getit for the Holland Racing Stable. In a qualifying race prior to the live program, Lost For Words set a two-year-old track record of 1:53.1 in a prep race for his next scheduled start in the Breeders Crown eliminations. Leading driver Chris Page backed off the gate with the Brian Brown-trainee before pulling from sixth at the quarter pole reached in :28. The smooth sailing son of Well Said extended his lead at every remaining call reaching the half in :57, the three quarters in 1:26 and finishing 22 lengths ahead in 1:53.1. "He's a very, very nice colt," said Page of the $194,036 winner who captured divisions of the Standardbred Stake at Delaware, Ohio, and the Bluegrass and Allerage Stakes at Lexington in the last month. "I wish him and David (expected regular driver David Miller) all the luck in the world next week." Lost For Words is owned in partnership by Country Club Acres Inc., William Robinson, Richard Lombardo and the Strollin Stable, all of Ohio. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

The $11,000 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night produced a harness racing  three-horse blanket finish.   Lucky Lime (No. 2 with driver Chris Page) nosed favored Meirs Hanover (Dan Noble) and last week's winner Torrington (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:51.1.   It was the fifth win on the season for the son of Rocknroll Hanover trained by K. Dean Glispie.   Gregg Keidel

The table has been set for the richest night in Ohio history, Ohio Super Night. On Saturday (September 27) a 16-race program will boast purses in the excess of $2 million at Scioto Downs Racino. The action packed race card will feature the best Ohio bred freshman and sophomore, colts and fillies along with some of racing's biggest stars. The stakes program will kick off with the eight divisions of the $200,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships including, 3- year old trotting superstar, Rompaway Galaxy. He will look to defend his title as the 2-year old colt champion in race four. Driver, Mike Micallef will have the assignment from post eight for trainer, Krista Harmon. The 2-year old pacing filly, Bell Flower will look to make it a clean sweep of the Ohio Sires Stakes in race five on the program. The daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye and Our Lady Countess, starts from post seven for trainer, Jim Arledge Jr and regular driver, Chris Page. A red hot, Neely's Messenger will look to complete the trotting Triple Crown for trainer and driver Marty Wollam from post five in race eight. Race 12 on the card is the $75,000 Sam "Chip" Noble III Memorial Trot. The full field of 10 includes a Kentucky Futurity winner, Creatine, a world record holder, Victory Is Coming and millionaire, Uncle Peter. The $200,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace gathered a field of eight and their combined total earnings are over $13 million. The talented group includes harness racing richest horse, Foiled Again. The 10-year old phenomenon will start from post one and his stable mate, Sweet Lou drew post four. The field also features an Adios winner, Bolt The Duer, track record holder, Kanaris, Indiana Sires Stakes Champion, Night Pro and consistent east coast free for all pacers, Domethatagain and Bigtown Hero. The stellar card also has the $50,000 Ryder "Storm Boy" Steck Open Pace which drew a field of eight and a full field of nine for the $50,000 El Dorado Resort Filly and Mare Open Pace. For a complete list of Saturday's entries click here http://racing.ustrotting.com/chart.aspx Post time is 6:30 pm, but be sure to come early for the driver autograph session beginning at 5:30 pm in the grandstand breezeway. From Scioto Downs Racino

Combined they have won more than 10,500 races. Each has won the Peter Haughton Memorial Award as the top young Ohio driver. They all rank in the top 20 for dash winning drivers. And, this year all three of the Ohio "young guns,' Aaron Merriman, Chris Page and Tyler Smith are making their first Little Brown Jug start. Merriman, 36, is currently in second place as North America's leading dash driver (trailing Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. by 4 wins). The native of Northfield, Ohio will pilot Avalanche Hanover from post #3 in the 2nd LBJ elimination. 2014 has already been memorable for Merriman. In August he competed in his first Hambletonian, guiding Il Sogno Dream to a fourth place finish in the $1.1 million final. Merriman and Il Sogno Dream will reunite in the $118,000 Old Oaken Bucket on the Jug undercard. A few weeks ago Merriman was enshrined into the Northfield Park Wall of Fame. "The Wall of Fame was real cool, it's my hometown track," noted Merriman. "There has been some great horseman at Northfield. The Jug is a great opportunity and I'm happy to be in it." Chris Page, 30, will be handling Rediscovery from the outside post #8 in the first $103,600 elim. The native of Mt. Vernon attended his first Jug in 1993. "(Rediscovery) is a nice colt," said Page. "He is real fresh right now and we trained him over the track last week. My goal is to make the Jug final." The youngest of the trio is Tyler Smith. Smith, 21, is a native of Washington Court House and will drive Let's Drink On It in the first elimination. "Driving in the Jug is an absolute thrill," beamed Smith. "My horse has been a 'no-luck' horse all year. I hope to get off to a good start and advance to the final." Smith has already made history. He was the youngest driver ever to achieve 1,000 career wins and at the age of 12 he became the youngest male driver in harness racing history to record a sub-2:00 race, driving Look Lilly to victory in 1:59.1 in a matinee at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The pacing classic will air live from 5:00 - 6:30 pm on the CBS Sports Network. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

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